Pedalling with the wheels of change

Ji-ingobi Chingtham, a student of DM College here, set off on his solo cycle rally to New Delhi on Tuesday.

By Ngangbam Indrakanta Singh in Imphal
  • Published 4.04.18
The tour being flagged off at Kangla in Imphal. Picture by Ngangbam Indrakanta Singh

Imphal: Ji-ingobi Chingtham, a student of DM College here, set off on his solo cycle rally to New Delhi on Tuesday.

Chingtham is on a mission to popularise Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Beti Bachao, Beti Padhaoslogan through his rally.

The solo cycle rally was flagged off by Wangjing Tentha constituency MLA Paonam Brojen at the western gate of Kangla, the cultural heritage site of Manipur, here on Tuesday.

Chingtham is the son of Chingtham Ingocha and Tampakleima Devi of Khongjom Sapam Mayai Leikai, Thoubal. He is in the final semester at DM College.

Ji-ingobi said women in the country have a big role in society. But still, their status is lower than that of men, despite their efforts and huge contribution to society.

"Crimes against women are on the rise in the nation as well as in Manipur. The status of women is being degraded day by day. Everyday we witness reports of crimes against women. Even on Monday, there was a report about molestation of a minor by a non-local. We the youth have to play a big role to combat this social evil. That is the reason why I have taken up this cycle rally," Ji-ingobi said.

"We have to serve our motherland when we are young and active," he said.

The social welfare department provided a financial assistance of Rs 60,000, which the cyclist says is half the amount needed for his trip. Ji-ingobi thanked the government for its support and said, "I had decided to start the rally on March 15 but I am able to start it today. This was possible with the support of the government, civil society and the people of the state," he said.

Legislator Paonam Brojen said, "May the Almighty protect him from unfortunate incidents during his mission". He appealed the people to cooperate in such endeavours taken up by anyone as a fight for the welfare of the people.

Ji-ingobi is expected to complete the rally in 20 days. He plans to visit schools in rural areas en route. "We are proud of being his friend and will support his positive efforts," said a student of the college.